Health personnel urged to expand distribution of condoms in public toilets

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Acting Milenge District Administrative Officer Godfrey Chikonde has called on health authorities in the district to extend the distribution of condoms to public toilets in order to help fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Mr. Chikonde observed there has been lack of free condoms provided in public toilets and that there is need to distribute the condoms if the fight against HIV/AIDS is to won.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Chikonde said this during a heads of departments meeting held yesterday.

He recalled that the District AIDS Task Force previously used to distribute condoms and that they used to finish within a short time the situation he said shows that there is demand for the commodity.

And Milenge District Health Planner Lazarous Mwanza said the department will look into increasing the distribution of condoms in the district.

Meanwhile Mr. Mwanza revealed that the health office has recorded an improvement in men going for male circumcision and that interventions such as condom distributions should be sustained

He said the office has so far conducted 890 male circumcision procedures as at May, 2018.

He said although the target was 1000, the figure shows that the community is positively responding to the campaign.

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  1. If that is the desired way of distribution, then start by building public toilets. One cab hardly find any public toilets in towns and cities; with Lusaka being one such a place, save the nunky tarven and bar toilets. Pathetic

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    • In the West, condoms are traditionally also available from barbers. Is this something worth considering for Zambia?

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  2. “Meanwhile Mr. Mwanza revealed that the health office has recorded an improvement in men going for male circumcision and that interventions such as condom distributions should be sustained”

    Even if circumcision might reduce the risk of an AIDS infection, condoms are necessary for a reasonable safety nevertheless. But when using a condom the additional safety benefit of circumcision is neglectible.

    Moreover, circumcision+condom may reduce sexual sensitivity to a point where intercourse becomes impossible so less condoms are used and infections may even increase.

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